<![CDATA[Azarius News]]> http://azarius.es/news/ The Very Advanced, Utterly Cool, Super Duper Azarius RSS Generator v2.34.445 info@azarius.net (azarius.net) <![CDATA[One Simple Trick Every Tripper Should Know]]> http://azarius.es/news/719/One_Simple_Trick_Every_Tripper_Should_Know/ Apologies for the lame title, but if you haven't seen this you're really missing out. Your life will be more beautiful; colours will seem brighter, love glows stronger and even the worst pop song will seem remarkably catchy.

Super new psychoactive substance? No. Just the amazing, unstoppable capsule machine!

No wait, don't go. Let our lovely store clerk show you how it works:

More pillz, less time

If you like making your own trip capsules, you need to have a capsule machine in your life. Think of all the time you'll save! Time you could spend doing nothing on the couch, flirting with whatever sex you prefer and of course calling your mother. Never forget to call your mother!

Capsules and capsule machines are available in three sizes: '1' (400 mg), '0' (500 mg) and '00' (650 mg).

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0200http://azarius.es/news/719/One_Simple_Trick_Every_Tripper_Should_Know/
<![CDATA[Doping tests in the pro gaming scene]]> http://azarius.es/news/721/Doping_tests_in_the_pro_gaming_scene/ First we're talking about doping in cycling, now another high level sport is being dragged into the proverbial doping mud: professional gaming (yes, it's a sport!). Obviously, quick reflexes are very important, so it shouldn't be too surprising that pro gamers use substances to enhance their concentration.

Recently, the website Gamer.nl reported that Kory 'Semphis' Friesen, a top ranking professional Counter-Strike player, admitted to widespread use of Adderall to keep players focused. Friesen: "To all fans: this is how you become a good gamer."

What is Adderall?

In America Adderall is a medicine prescribed for the treatment of ADHD and narcolepsy. Like the well-known Ritalin, it's an amphetamine so it has a stimulating effect. It suppresses the appetite and keeps you awake. In the Netherlands it's not available, but fairly easy to obtain through the internet.

Adderall has become more and more popular in the last few years, particularly among teens using it to study. In small, prescribed dosages it's a relatively safe substance, but repeated recreational use could have severe side-effects.

Doping tests

With Kory Friesen's open confession, it was inevitable: for the first time ever, the pro gaming scene will be performing random doping tests on its players. This was a decision from the ESL, world's biggest organisation dedicated to hosting eSports tournaments.

The organisation will follow the official rules set by the World Doping Agency. If it is on the list of banned substances for sports, it's not permitted for eSports. Sanctions range from deductions from their prize money or tournament points, to outright disqualification.

Interesting detail: use of cannabis before the tournament is not a problem, the only problem is use during. Although you could wonder if it would really help your reflexes…

Alternative concentration supplements

The Azarius crew likes to play a game from time to time too. We've got a beamer set up in our cafeteria whenever the Mario Kart mood strikes (and we love games where mushrooms are a power-up). But instead of potentially damaging amphetamines, we recommend the following products to help you maintain focus:

Have a gander at the concentration category for more products that can help you study, game or write amazing smartshop news items such as this one (a niche market, but you never know...)


Gamer.nl - Professionele gamer claimt massaal dopinggebruik (Dutch)

PCgamer.com - ESL details anti-doping policies for ESL One Cologne.

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0200http://azarius.es/news/721/Doping_tests_in_the_pro_gaming_scene/
<![CDATA[Tinctures: bottles of magic elixir]]> http://azarius.es/news/712/Tinctures__bottles_of_magic_elixir/ Today we’d like to highlight our tinctures in a special Q & A session with Yolo Baggins, the forgotten Hobbit and our esteemed product testing chief.

What are tinctures?

Think magical herbs but liquefied for your convenience. The very essence of a plant condensed into a powerful extract in a tiny bottle. Up to fifty times stronger than the regular herb - it’s almost witchcraft!

How are they made?

Using alcohol-based extraction techniques and Tibetan chants, the active components of the herbs are separated from the ‘filler materials’. After all, we’re only interested in the stuff that produces an effect. It’s then mixed with grapefruit juice and distilled water for better flavour.

Are they really magical?

Well there’s magic in everything and everyone, from the biggest creature to the smallest cheeky little amoeba. But tinctures are especially magic. I personally oversee the fairy dust sprinkling.

Herbal tinctures

Why should I buy a tincture instead of the herb?

Why not both so I can send my Hobbit children to college? Choose a tincture if you like things easy and reliable. No preparation required. Ask yourself: can I swallow? If the answer is yes, congratulations, you have what it takes to use a tincture.

Impatient people will love tinctures too. The effects are noticeable far quicker than most other forms of consuming herbs.

How should I use a tincture?

Important safety tip of the month: don’t pour it in your ear. Trust me on this one. Tinctures are available in bottles of 10 ml or two dosages. Use the bottle cap to measure a dose – two full caps equals one dose. Just mix it with some fruit juice or tea. It also helps to take it on an empty stomach.

What kind of tinctures do you recommend?

I love them all! But it depends on what you’re looking for. A mellow high? Damiana is what you want. The paradoxical effects of kratom without any fuss? Boom. Kratom tincture. Or for something especially sedating and euphoric, try blue lotus (Nymphaea caerulea) tincture.

Sun, 23 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0200http://azarius.es/news/712/Tinctures__bottles_of_magic_elixir/
<![CDATA[Doping in cycling used to be par for the course]]> http://azarius.es/news/717/Doping_in_cycling_used_to_be_par_for_the_course/ We like to think that we live in a liberal and modern society, but sometimes that image is shattered. The heavy stigma on drugs and doping wasn't always there. In fact, around the turn of the 20th century, doping in bicycle racing was seen as par for the course.

Belgian historian and cycling expert Jan Boesman specialized in cycling around the 'fin de sicle': the transition from nineteenth to twentieth century. Miracle doctors such as Choppy Warburton kept cyclists in the race with mysterious stimulating substances. Without their powders and concoctions, it it would have likely been impossible to finish a course such as Bordeaux - Paris. Newspapers were also filled with advertisements for uppers.

Several quotes from the interview with Boesman: "The term doping didn't even exist back then; there were no rules or guidelines. It was perfectly normal to use stimulants, even necessary to finish the race."

"There was no taboo on those substances, only a taboo on feeling tired. Fatigue needed to be conquered. With regular coffee, kola nut, which contains more caffeine than coffee, and cocaine, which hadn't been outlawed at that time."

Listen to the entire interview (Dutch) with the link below.


Radio1.nl - 'Stimulantia' in begindagen van het wielrennen.

Wed, 19 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0200http://azarius.es/news/717/Doping_in_cycling_used_to_be_par_for_the_course/
<![CDATA[Interview with Manoj - Dutch Spirit]]> http://azarius.es/news/714/Interview_with_Manoj_-_Dutch_Spirit/ There’s a herb for every ailment. That’s the philosophy of Dutch Spirit, a brand of herbal blends that target specific parts of the body such as the eyes, lungs and intestines. There are six varieties in total. In his colourful home in Amsterdam, Manoj, a self-made herb specialist and one of the company’s founders, explains to us why everyone should use Dutch Spirit.

Your site DutchSpirit.info says "living is breathing". What does that mean?

That’s the Dutch Spirit motto. The ability to breathe on your own. We can go all day without water, even longer without food, but most of us won’t last more than three minutes without breathing. That’s what we started with the Dutch Spirit blend for the lungs. A combination of five herbs aimed at soothing and taking care of the airways. Your lungs will start dancing just from reading the flyer!

Can we view you as a modern-day shaman?

I’ve done a lot of research into herbs. My bible is The New Herbal by Richard Mabey. But these days you can’t say anything about the medical application of herbs because of the Codex Alimentaris. Even if they’ve been proven effective and used for centuries.

Where did the idea for Dutch Spirit come from?

I don’t like tobacco, so I preferred to roll my joints with American Spirit. At one point I started adding burdock, sage and peppermint to it. And then we (Manoj and his partner Gert-Jan - Ed.) thought, why don’t we make it a complete alternative to tobacco? Dutch is an anagram for Du-THC. Clean high. We started selling lung herbs on Queen’s Day 2004 at coffeeshop Siberië. Back then we used simple folded envelops and tape to close them.

Manoj: "Usually I’m sunbathing in the nude there, because I couldn’t care less what my neighbours think."

So the origins of Dutch Spirit are strongly tied to tobacco?

We started because we were fed up with tobacco. That’s how we advertised early on: ‘herbs for tea and smoking’. But that got us a 20.000 euro fine (tax for smokables). So these days we just say ‘herbs’. We’ve also learned to be more careful with medical claims. We can no longer say that peppermint increases the elasticity of the lungs or that or nettle purifies the blood. We just say: nettle may be beneficial for the blood.

Where do you herbs come from?

From all over Europe.

Don’t you have the urge to broaden your herbal horizon beyond Europe?

We already do with the sex herbs, which contains ashwaganda. As well as maca and Russian ginseng.

How do you create your herbal mixtures?

The recipe is a secret, just like Coca-Cola. But you can assume it took years of experimentation to get right. It’s all about homoeopathic quantities. Not for pregnant or nursing women. The proportions of the blend are very important; you can’t add everything in the same amount. We’ve also looked into continuous use. That’s why we don’t use wormwood because it contains thujone, a substance that can build up in your body over time.

Dutch Spirit is part of the Ahkhaldan Foundation. What can you tell us about it?

The aim of the Ahkhaldan Foundation is happiness and good health for everyone. It’s an astrological association of learned beings such as you and me, based on the holy, cosmic law of the seven. Seven holy sciences and arts: astrology, music, painting, yoga, tantra, alchemy and philosophy. Seven is the most important number in all of them: seven stars, seven days in the week, seven notes, seven chakras, seven colours and seven elements. Dutch Spirit stimulates alchemy, using the elements of fire and water. And what does this get you? Tea! That’s why our packages carry the seven chakra colours.

Dutch Spirit - sex herbs

There are currently six Dutch Spirit blends. Can we expect a seventh variety?

Definitely. Next up are the head herbs, which will be available in a violet package. But it’ll be a while before it’s done. The ingredients we want to use are very popular, but we’re not allowed to do anything with them: cannabis, poppy, ephedra, coca leaves and magic mushrooms. Even though all kinds of drinks and foods filled with toxins and chemicals that are completely legal. Certain groups are behind this; they don’t want people getting smarter. This upsets me a great deal.

In closing, do you have a tip for making the best use of Dutch Spirit?

Dutch Spirit can be enjoyed in many ways! You can brew a tea, use it when cooking and sprinkle it on a pizza or in your salad. The best effect is obtained from vaporizing it. For example, use the long herbs in the Volcano vaporizer at setting four, 140 degrees.

Azarius magazine

This article first appeared in the second edition of the Azarius Magazine.

Sat, 15 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0200http://azarius.es/news/714/Interview_with_Manoj_-_Dutch_Spirit/
<![CDATA[New Zealand toxicologist calls for legalization of MDMA]]> http://azarius.es/news/716/New_Zealand_toxicologist_calls_for_legalization_of_MDMA/ In the face of advocates pleading for the legalization of MDMA and claiming that it is safe, Prime Minister John Key of New Zealand remains adamant against such notion. However, many professionals have stepped out to speak about the possible benefits the legalization or the classification change of ecstasy can have for society overall.

The biggest claims that speak highly of ecstasy come from clinical toxicologist Paul Quigley who told reporters that MDMA in its purest form can be safer than most intoxicants saying that alcohol pales in comparison and is widely legal around the world. He also said that changing MDMA’s current classification would do serious damage to the black market.

These points have been contested by Prime Minister Key saying: "Anything I’ve seen in relation to this drug has been deeply negative, so I can’t see why it should be legalised".

However, experts in the field of crime and medicine would side with Dr. Quigley. Associate Professor Julian Buchanan at the Institute of Criminology in Victoria University says that just because drugs are contraband, it doesn’t mean the world isn’t taking them. He says:

"We regulate and market peanuts, but they pose a life threatening risk to some people. We celebrate with the most dangerous of all substances – alcohol. Clean, regulated MDMA at the right dosage poses relatively low risk. Research by Professor David Nutt suggests MDMA is much less harmful than alcohol and tobacco."

Medical anthropologist Dr. Geoff Nuller points out that Dr. Quigley’s claims should not be ignored, saying:

"Given MDMA’s long history of use and the large body of evidence supporting its low level of harm, one might hope that New Zealand’s ground-breaking Psychoactive Substances Act legislation could be used to facilitate its availability, under appropriate guidelines and regulations. This would also open the way to MDMA’s therapeutic use, yet another casualty of the failed war on drugs."

Even with plenty of voices in favour of seeing MDMA legalized and regulated, Dr. Quigley says that society will have to overcome 'political and moral barriers' and that may be what holds the world back from seeing these ideas to fruition. Although we live in a time where people regularly indulge with illegal substances, the benefits of making safer drugs for the masses may have to wait for a very long time.


www.youredm.com - Should MDMA Be Regulated? New Zealand Has The Answer.

Mon, 10 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0200http://azarius.es/news/716/New_Zealand_toxicologist_calls_for_legalization_of_MDMA/
<![CDATA[Our most spectacular failures]]> http://azarius.es/news/713/Our_most_spectacular_failures/ As difficult as this may be to digest, even we make mistakes. In some cases, these mistakes are so spectacular, they deserve special mention. Take a look at the most horrible crap the Azarius website has to offer.

Bud bug

Imagine the sound of a 747 in your living room. Now imagine a very slow moving bug in gaudy colours. Now punch yourself and throw your wallet in a shredder.

Congratulations, you know what it feels like to be the proud owner of a bud bug, the most useless invention since the eject button on your remote control.

Failure rating: triple facepalm

Candle safe

Long after mankind has been wiped out by World War III, the next Ice Age or the sudden rise to power of the quokkas, the next dominant species will discover a dusty shelf in the ruins of Amsterdam with the most horrible looking candles ever.

Was this some sort of time capsule, they will wonder. A message to all future generations, with lessons learned in the past in hopes of a brighter tomorrow?

No. It's just an ugly stashbox nobody in the right mind wants.

Smart move rating: we have these in three colours :(


If there's one lesson to be learned here, it's that nobody goes online to buy lip balm, whether it's caffeinated or laced with cocaine. We'd rather try a corrosive lip balm than spend another second looking at this terrible purchasing decision.

We do hope the people of Kaktovak, Alaska find a more meaningful way to spend their lives, such as knitting cute sweaters.

SNAFU rating: a fanspazzstick failure

Cannabis Top Trumps card game

We all have a special someone in our lives whom we hate dearly and with a fiery passion. Perhaps that someone is celebrating a birthday soon, and you're looking for something to convey your utter contempt?

Yeah, that's about the only reason we can imagine for buying the cannabis top trumps card game. That or the sudden, uncontrollable desire to spend your money on the most pathetic excuse for a game Azarius has ever offered.

Regret-o-meter: over 9000!

Azarius: almost human

We hope you enjoyed this look at some of our less glamorous product choices. Rest assured that, if you ever have more money than you know what to do with, we'll always have something for you.

As for us? Well we'd like to think we've learned from our mistakes, but honestly, we're too busy laughing at our purchasing department to write anything down.

Thu, 06 Aug 2015 09:00:00 +0200http://azarius.es/news/713/Our_most_spectacular_failures/
<![CDATA[Fungi that make fun guys jealous - Mamalo o Wahine]]> http://azarius.es/news/709/Fungi_that_make_fun_guys_jealous_-_Mamalo_o_Wahine/ Azarius loves all kinds of mushrooms and related facts, but the following story raised some eyebrows. In fact even our biggest shroomonaut hadn’t heard of the tale of the mythical Mamalo o Wahine (women’s mushroom) or as it is commonly known: 'Hawaiian stinkhorn’.

And yes, that’s a very sexy name.

The mythical Mamalo o Wahine

Legends speak of a mushroom with peculiar properties; giving rise to tales of women who encounter this mushroom in the forest and fall into ecstatic sexual fits of orgasmic proportion. Mamalo o Wahine, the mushroom that makes women go mad with desire.

Sounds too far-fetched to be true, doesn’t it? Well, apparently it’s quite real!

An article in the International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms describes a strange and wonderful practice in Hawaii: women coming together to search for a particular mushroom. Upon finding it, they inhale the aroma. The scent causes pronounced sexual arousal, often orgasmic in nature! Coming together to cum together - these women have come a long way from the Tupperware parties and high teas.

Imagine the collective frustrated sigh of millions of men who couldn’t achieve with groovy moves and flashy cars what one little mushroom can with its scent. Beaten by the stinkhorn. Does life get any more miserable for men?

Just look at this smug fungus. It even has a phallus shape, as if to add another "fuck you" to the insult.

Mamalo o Wahine mushroom

Nature at its naughtiest: spontaneous mushroom orgasm

According to the publication in the International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, the smell of the fresh fungus can trigger spontaneous orgasms in human females. In the trial involving 16 women, 6 had orgasms while smelling the fruit body. The other ten, who received smaller doses, experienced physiological changes such as increased heart rate.

All of the 20 men tested considered the smell disgusting. Presumably their conversation quickly turned to beer, sports results and Taylor Swift's nipples on a cold winter morning. In short: the fungus had no effect on men. According to the authors, the results suggest that the hormone-like compounds present in the volatile portion of the gleba may have some similarity to human neurotransmitters released in females during sexual activity.


Considering the evidence, our conclusion is simple. Nature is really weird and quite awesome. What a wonderful world we live in!

Know any weird mushroom tales? Have brilliant ideas for what we could do with the Hawaiian stinkhorn? Let the world know in the comments!


Sat, 01 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0200http://azarius.es/news/709/Fungi_that_make_fun_guys_jealous_-_Mamalo_o_Wahine/
<![CDATA[Visual drugs: a decade of Google drug searches]]> http://azarius.es/news/710/Visual_drugs__a_decade_of_Google_drug_searches/ Add some colour to your day! This animated infographic shows what illicit substances Americans are googling the most.

The chart below shows the dominant drug-related search terms throughout different US states in the past decade. At the very least it's more entertaining

It’s no secret that methamphetamine became one of the most commonly abused drugs in the 2000s. With a lower street price and a more intense high, meth rapidly surpassed cocaine as it swept across middle America. At the height of the meth epidemic in 2005–2006, it was the single most-searched drug in dozens of states.

Around the time meth became the subject of greater law enforcement attention and crackdowns, Adderall, a prescription stimulant, increasingly became a substance of abuse. Searches for the anxiety medication Xanax have also risen throughout the Midwest and South, at the same time that Xanax-related ER visits have doubled over six years.

Click image to enlarge

American national trends in drug searches likewise reflect trends in illicit drug usage and popularity. After its 2005–2006 peak, interest in meth has once again soared as the drug continues to infiltrate American communities. And as addictive prescription painkillers have become more tightly regulated, heroin has become an increasingly popular substitute.



Afbeelding via Northpointrecovery.com

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0200http://azarius.es/news/710/Visual_drugs__a_decade_of_Google_drug_searches/
<![CDATA[Landjuweel 2015: come join our Psychedelic Sessions]]> http://azarius.es/news/711/Landjuweel_2015__come_join_our_Psychedelic_Sessions/ From Wednesday 29 July to Sunday 2 August, Ruigoord is home to the 2015 edition of the Landjuweel festival. Azarius will be there, not just as a guest but as one of the organisers of the Psychedelic Sessions. If you're at Landjuweel on Friday, come on by the saloon!

What's the dealio?

The Psychedelic Sessions is six thought-provoking lectures on the psychedelic experience. Most of us know about trippin' and spacin', but what do psychedelics have to offer us from ritualistic, therapeutic, scientific or spiritual point of view?

Our speakers include Hans Plomp, the most famous Dutch psychonaut and a founder of Ruigoord, and Hans van den Hurk, founder of one of the first smartshops in the Netherlands, Conscious Dreams. From ayahuasca to peyote to LSD, everything psychedelic will be dissected.

The Psychedelic Sessions is hosted at the Ruigoord saloon, Friday 31 July from 1 pm - 6 pm.

(Please note: lectures will be in Dutch)


For those unfamiliar, Ruigoord is a village outside Amsterdam. In 1973, the abandoned village was squatted by a group of artists and has since become a small but flourishing community. Ruigoord is an idealistic and idyllic place where artists come together to work on joint projects.

What is Landjuweel?

The Landjuweel festival is the cultural highlight at Ruigoord. A special kind of festival, it's a five-day celebration of spontaneous creativity and a maze of insane playfulness. Expect lots of live music, talented DJ's, theatre, art, poetry, workshops, all kinds of shows and spectacles, spontaneous jamming sessions and secret corners.

Tickets & more information

The full Landjuweel programme will be available shortly on the Ruigoord website.

We hope to see you there, enjoying this unforgettable and extravagant festival with us!

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0200http://azarius.es/news/711/Landjuweel_2015__come_join_our_Psychedelic_Sessions/